Dan Colen - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Drawing from mass media, environmental experience and sub-cultural language, Dan Colen’s work infuses a sense of wonder in the ordinary and undervalued. The present lot, Innie and Outtie, 2009, makes visible and palpable how Colen has elevated working with found materials by tapping into their individual histories and exposing their latent beauty. Consisting of shattered basketball backboards, Colen creates a duplicity in the sculpture’s tarnished appearance, raising the status of the overlooked and abject to a thoughtful object of inspiring design. The piece becomes a powerful record of actual time and experience, offering an unexpected moment of transcendence.

    I’m interested in using the “real world” as a material and a force within my process. I like how these materials take some control away from me, allowing for a more uncertain future and yet a more fnished piece.

    (Dan Colen quoted in Trash, Gagosian Gallery, Rome, 2011).

  • Artist Biography

    Dan Colen

    American • 1979

    American artist Dan Colen has spent most of his career asking himself questions about the editorial decisions artists have to make when creating a scene from scratch on canvas. In his early work, Colen painted mundane interiors punctuated with fantastical elements. This manifested as part of a growing curiosity in the ethereal or divine intervention.

    Colen subsequently stepped away from paint as material and started using found objects as mediums with which to paint. Among these, Colen has used chewing gum, street trash, confetti, feathers, flowers and dirt. This methodology allows Colen to abandon control and create in a more free-form, subconscious manner.

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Innie and Outtie

basketball backboard, metal, and glass
each: 72 x 48 in. (182.9 x 121.9 cm)

overall: 72 x 96 in. (182.9 x 243.8 cm)

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

$120,000 - 180,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

16 November 2012
New York